Chaz Mostert has broken his leg and wrist in a terrifying crash during qualifying for the Bathurst 1000.
Mostert provided a dramatic start to the session, crashing heavily on the run to Forrest’s Elbow just five minutes in. The Prodrive Racing driver bounced from wall to wall, before his Falcon mounted the concrete, smashed through a marshal’s post, and then landed back in the middle of the circuit.
Mostert was extracted from the car by the medical crew, before being transported to the medical centre by ambulance and later airlifted to hospital in Orange.
The team quickly confirmed that he was conscious and talking to officials in the aftermath of the crash, before also confirming the extent on the injuries.
“It looks like he’s broken his upper leg, and his wrist as well,” said Prodrive boss Tim Edwards.
“They’re looking to airlift him to Orange at the moment. He’s in great hands with Dr Carl [Le, V8 Supercars permanent medical delegate].
“Pretty disappointing, but broken bones will heal.”
Track action has been called off the remainder of the day, with alternative qualifying procedures yet to be confirmed.
Marshals cleared of life-threatening injuries
V8 Supercars has also confirmed that there are no life-threatening injuries to the five marshals that were stationed in the hut that was destroyed by Mostert’s car.
Four of the marshals were treated for minor injuries, while a fifth suffered more serious chest injuries. He has been transported by road to Bathurst hospital, and is currently in a stable condition.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our drivers and officials,” said V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton.
“Our thoughts are with Chaz and his family and the marshals who do an incredible job.
“I’d like to thank the specialist emergency response teams and medical staff at the circuit.”